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Population Health: Chasing Outcome Alignment

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Answering the question, "is our population health program successful?" is difficult. Today, a group of over 60 provider, payer, and vendor leaders gathered to lay the groundwork needed to answer those questions. "One man's wasteful healthcare spending is another man's main revenue stream." This quote, by Shawn Stinson from Blue Cross Blue Shield, stuck out in my mind as I sat listening to him in a conference room in downtown Salt Lake City. He spoke about population health, and how we can drive toward better outcomes.


CMS competition seeks predictive AI apps for better health outcomes

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new contest it hopes will speed the development of new artificial intelligence technologies that can better predict health outcomes and boost quality of care. WHY IT MATTERS CMS says the Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge – announced by the agency on Wednesday, in partnership with American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation – seeks to uncover and "unleash" new and innovative tools to help with the push toward value-based care. To do that, CMS is calling on developers from all industries to create new predictive AI applications to help providers participating in CMS Innovation Center models to deliver better care and make quality measures more impactful. "The Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge is a three stage competition that will begin with the Launch Stage, in which participants will submit an application at ai.cms.gov," "Up to 20 participants will be selected to participate in Stage 1 of the Challenge. We anticipate that more information about Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be announced later this year."


Clinical-Community Partnerships Improve Child Health Outcomes in Memphis

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Paul Young, director of Memphis' Division of Housing and Community Development, says working with Le Bonheur through the regional Healthy Homes Partnership will "make it simple for the person and the public to figure out this maze of programs and initiatives so that they can get the support and the help that they need." In the future, he hopes the organizations will work together to identify areas with high asthma prevalence and then concentrate combined resources there, maximizing the impact for the families they serve.


Seven Finalists Vie for AI Health Outcomes Challenge

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced seven finalists who will advance to the final round of the Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge. This multi-stage competition launched last year with more than 300 entities proposing AI solutions for predicting patient health outcomes aimed at revolutionizing healthcare for potential use by the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In this last stage of the competition, the seven finalists will further develop algorithms that demonstrate how AI tools can be used to predict unplanned hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions and adverse events, and also will develop predictive algorithms for a standard target to be selected by CMS. CMS will announce the Grand Prize winner (who will receive up to $1 million in prize money) and Runner-Up (who will receive up to $230,000 in prize money) by the end of April 2021.


Canadian Program Aims to Boost Birth Outcomes for Low-Income Women

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Researchers say the program offers a possible blueprint for communities across Canada and even in other countries to improve maternal and child health. While the stipend increases pregnant women's spending power, its real value is drawing women who might delay seeking prenatal care into the health care system earlier in pregnancy, says the Rev. Tim Sale, who helped develop the program as a cabinet minister in Manitoba in the late 1990s and 2000s.